Congratulations to the 2017 Nobel Prize Winners in Physiology or Medicine : Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. Their work was in discovering molecular mechanisms crucial to control of the circadian rhythm (body clock).
Hall, Rosbash and Young used fruit flies as specimens, isolating a gene that controlled the fly’s daily biological rhythm.
From their work, this has led to a much better understanding of biological rhythms in other species… including humans.
Circadian Rhythm Disturbances (CRD) comprise a large proportion of Sleep Medicine, and accounts for a notable number of sleep disorders – particularly in childhood an adolescents.
At Adelaide Sleep, we loudly congratulate Hall, Rosbash and Young for their ever-enduring work, and amazing accomplishments! Thankyou!
We have long known that CRDs are one of the most common sleep disorders out there, and one of the most underestimated. Families, general practitioners, and specialists alike often miss the presence of a CRD. The groundwork laid by Hall, Rosbash and Young have allowed us to understand CRDs more, and devise ways of re-entraining (realigning) most CRDs.
CRDs include :
- Delayed Sleep-Wake Phase Disorder
- Advanced Sleep-Wake Phase Disorder
- Irregular Sleep-Wake Rhythm Disorder
- Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Rhythm Disorder
- Shift Work Disorder
- Jet Lag Disorder
If someone you know has a Circadian Rhythm Disturbance, contact us to see how we can address this problem.